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Health Hazard Alert - Certain walnuts and walnut products may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
September 12, 2011
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Bloor Superfresh, Chocolate Moose Fudge Factory, Galati Supermarkets, Your Community Grocer
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:
6700, 6701, 6717, 6718

Advisory details

Ottawa, September 12, 2011 - The public warning issued on September 9, 2011 has been expanded to include additional walnuts and walnut products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain walnuts and walnut products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following walnuts and walnut products are affected by this alert.

Product & Retailer Size UPC Code
Walnuts without Salt

Bloor SuperFresh
384 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON
Variable weight Beginning with 804994 Sold up to September 9, 2011, inclusive

Your Community Grocer
45 Four Winds Drive, Toronto, ON
Variable weight N/A Sold up to September 12, 2011, inclusive
Walnut Halves

Galati Market Fresh
4734 Jane St., Downsview, ON
5845 Leslie St., North York, ON
666 Burnhamthorpe Road,
Unit 46, Etobicoke, ON
Approx. 250 g & 500 g N/A Sold up to September 12, 2011, inclusive
1. Maple Walnut Fudge
2. Chocolate Walnut Fudge
3. Maple Walnut Gelato

Chocolate Moose Fudge Factory
108 Main St. North, Moose Jaw, SK
N/A Sold from August 1 to September 1, 2011, inclusive

The above walnuts and walnut products were repackaged by retailers using bulk walnuts imported by Johnvince Foods in 25 lb cardboard cases bearing Lot code W1866 and the name Andersen and Sons Shelling, Vina, California, USA.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Various distributors / retailers are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

More information

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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